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Stearns Bagley Kids Festival benefits W.A.G.S. for Kids

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Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids while supporting an Awesome local charity that helps kids with disabilities?

Then join us at the Stearns Bagley Kids Festival on Saturday July 18th from 10 am to Noon. It’s easy to get to! We’ll be at the corner of Stearns and Bagley in Olmsted Township. Your child can read to our very own Fagin the golden retriever, or one of our other dogs. Each reader receives a free book! The Olmsted Fire and Police Departments are bringing their vehicles for the kids to look at and get pictures taken on. Be sure to bring your cameras!

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We will also have a variety of Fun Filled activity tables for kids of all ages and sizes! – Balloon animals, prize ducks, Wheel of Fortune. And we will have a raffle. The following businesses are sponsoring all the activities and prizes for this Awesome event- Olmsted Falls Library, Shakers Marketplace, Ultimate Touch Styling, Uncle Al’s Pizza, Subway and, of course, Big Creek Pet Hospital.

All the proceeds are going to Working Animals Giving Service for Kids, WAGS 4 Kids. WAGS 4 Kids is dedicated to empowering children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio by training and placing mobility assistance, service and skilled companion dogs. With early intervention and working with a family as early in a child’s life as there is a need and an interest, each dog is custom trained to suit each child’s specific needs and provide therapeutic, task, emotional and physical support for children with disabilities and their families.

All of the W.A.G.S. 4 Kids service dogs are currently trained at the MTC North Central Correctional Complex in Marion, where 11 inmates work with each of six dogs always in the program. This is the Accredited Apprenticeship Program of The MTC in Marion, Ohio. The work of the inmate trainers is guided by the professional training staff of W.A.G.S. 4 Kids and each placement family receives in-home transition training and ongoing training support.

For more information about the Stearns Bagley Kids Festival, especially to sign your child up for a time slot to read to a dog, call Big Creek Pet Hospital, (440) 234-5831.

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